Review: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2

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The story starts after the two year timeskip, just after the crew reached the New World. They get surrounded by a Marine fleet led by Monkey D. Garp. He shoots his Ryuusei Meteor against the ship, then the Marine soldiers assault the pirates. After a short battle, which involves all the crew members, Luffy directly attacks an enemy ship with his Gomu Gomu no Rocket and fights Smoker. After this, Luffy comes back to the ship and the Knock Up Stream launches them up to Skypiea. The story will interest fans of the series and dialogue is extremely intriguing.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 will please fans of the series. The visuals are extremely similar to that of the anime and fit right in with their cartoony look and feel. The sound track is extremely catchy and has a very upbeat nature. The game is extremely easy to navigate and runs well.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 is a Dynasty Warriors type game. You run around a wide environment and choose an attack that clears out the biggest amount of enemies in the smallest tine frame. You follow the objectives which range from defeating mini bosses to capturing bases and then battle the final boss at the end of the stage. Combat is mixed up by special attacks and also character-specific attacks. Searching through treasure chests is a much to gain much-needed health.

The game adds a few things in order to spice up the combat. Once you’ve beaten enough enemies, you can activate your style gauge which allows you to call in a partner to assist you. You can now temporarily play as that character in order to extend your combo count and even throw in an additional super attack.

Your character progressed by earning experience and levelling up their states. It is support by the style partner system and also the collectible coins. Your partner will also gain experience alongside you making for bigger bonuses. Coins on the battlefield can also be placed in slots to increase the stats of your character. An interesting concept in Pirate Warriors 2 is the bingo cards. Getting a bingo grants you perks that you can equip before setting out to battle. There’s also a ton of unlock able coins that you can earn through completing secret objectives during missions, achieving S rank on every stage and completing crew missions.

Online multiplayer is also back with a few new features. A player can now issue an SOS whilst playing and a random online player can see their message and choose to join their match to help out. You can also do this for others as well. Traditional multiplayer is also available for those wanting to play with their friends. Matchmaking can be a little bit off in terms of placing you with similarly levelled players but this game was a ton of fun whilst playing online.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 is great looking game that has done everything to improve on the original. It is quite repetitive in its nature however enough is added along the way to keep it feeling fresh and makes you want to keep playing in order to unlock what’s available.